A carnival midway is planned for Houston on Thursday-Saturday.

The latest and most ambitious in a series of festivals scheduled to take place this year in downtown Houston runs through Saturday.

Organizers David Klotz and Bob Amburn have arranged for numerous forms of entertainment to occur during the event, called “Brushy Creek Days,” including a carnival midway set up on downtown streets by Bluff City Shows. Activities began Thursday.

Some of the scheduled attractions:

•Saturday: School-age kids can enjoy unlimited carnival rides from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for only $3.

A dog show hosted by The Animal Shelter of Texas County will take place in the plaza at 1 p.m.

Registration will be from noon to 12:45 p.m., with five categories available: Dog owner look-alike, “waggiest” tail, best spring costume, best trick and best senior dog (6 years old and up). Registration is $2 per category, and dogs must be kept on a leash per city ordinance. For more information, call the shelter at 417-967-0700.

A rubber duck race will be staged on Brushy Creek at 2 p.m., with participants paying a fee to enter and being assigned a numbered race duck. Prizes will be presented to top finishers. The evening will feature a motorcycle cruise-in, car show and music by several acts, including the Chris Johnson Band, out of Mountain Grove (a southern-rock group celebrating the recent album release), Alyson Greene, Henderson-York and more.

Face painting will also be available  Saturday night. Video and audio recordings from the three days will be used as material for several episodes of the weekly TV show highlighting Houston that runs Sunday mornings on Springfield’s KOZL (channel 27).

The HHS class of 2016 will be selling 8-10 pound pork loins. They are seasoned, smoked and ready to eat. A pre-order discount for $32 is available. The cost  in downtown Houston is $35 at the smoker and a half order is $20. To pre-order call 417-967-2600. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit Downtown Houston Inc. and its ongoing effort to promote and improve the downtown area. For more information, or to inquire about vendor space or entering the rubber duck race, call Amburn at 417-217-9719.

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